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There really is nowhere quite like Paris. New York may have the buzz and London may have the nightlife, but Paris has the romance, the architecture and the food.  The ‘City of Light’ has long been the preferred city break destination for doe-eyed couples who come for the unrivalled architecture, the quality of its restaurants and romantic night cruises down the River Seine.


But there is more to Paris than just the language of love. This place is also the capital of fashion, haute cuisine and is one of the most culturally rich cities in the world. Paris is full of galleries dripping with artistic masterpieces and streets filled with some of the most iconic buildings in the world. Anyone fancy a trip to the top of the Eiffel Tower, or a walk along the Champs Elysées with its endless array of designer stores?





If you've got kids, then let Paris be their playground at Les Berges sur Seine, a recently renovated pedestrianised zone on the Left Bank. Check the website to keep up to date with the many outdoor activities on offer, from city camping to willow-weaving workshops! lesberges.paris.fr

Les Siestes Electroniques invites contemporary musicians to scour the Quai Branly Museum's musical archives for rare pearls, before sharing them with the public as DJ sets during free open-air concerts in the museum's gardens. Take part on the 5th, 12th, 19th and 26 July, plus 2 August. Online reservation required. les-siestes-electroniques.com


The Fondation Cartier's Beauté Congo exhibition is a celebration of the Democratic Republic of the Congo's creative spirit. Discover works created between 1926 and 2015, from figurative painted representations of local fables, to politically charged commentaries on urban development, to the election of Obama. Until 10 January 2016, closed on Mondays. For more information visit fondation.cartier.com.

A European first, from 2 October Warhol's mysterious ‘shadows' (102 silkscreened canvases inspired by photographs of shadows taken in his studio) will be presented in their entirety as part of the eagerly anticipated WARHOL Unlimited exhibition at Musée d'Art Moderne. Fans can also check out his screen test film portraits and his iconic cow wallpaper. For more information go to www.mam.paris.fr.

After taking Paris by storm with his much celebrated Monumenta exhibition at the Grand Palais back in 2011, Anish Kapoor is back for more. This time, the contemporary artist is set to totally transform the manicured gardens of the Château de Versailles for its annual contemporary art exhibition. Catch it until the 1st November. chateauversailles-spectacles.fr

Calling all fashion fans: you can now catch the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition, which has already wowed 1.5m visitors across three continents, at the appropriately glamorous Grand Palais. Featuring original pieces created between 1970 and 2013, as well as sketches, film and stage costumes, the exhibition is a celebration of the boldness and imagination that earned him a reputation as fashion's enfant terrible, and it might just be his biggest show yet. Until 3 August. grandpalais.fr

To celebrate the release of its 10th issue, the art review Les Cahiers Dessinés has organised an exhibition sharing not only its name, but also its goal to celebrate drawing as one of art's essential languages. Located in the Halle Saint Pierre, Paris's home of outsider art, it features a hand-picked selection of over 500 drawings from 67 artists, from Victor Hugo to Kiki Smith. Until 14 August. hallesaintpierre.org

On 16 May members of the public will be given the rare opportunity to visit some of Paris's finest museums after-hours, as part of the annual Nuit Européenne des Musées. With concerts, fireworks and torchlit tours on the cards, this is your chance to see your favourite Parisian museum in a brand new light. culturecommunication.gouv.fr/nuitdesmusees

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The Louxor, an art house cinema first inaugurated in 1921, is considered one of Paris's best spots for watching French festival films and Hollywood blockbusters (often shown in original language with French subtitles). After a stint as a gay disco in the 1980s and over two decades of closure, it reclaimed its original status as a “palais du cinéma” by reopening in April 2013, to the delight of the Parisians who fought hard to save it, with many of its original Egyptian art deco features restored. Arrive early to check out the third floor terrace bar for dreamy views of the nearby Sacré-Coeur. For more information visit cinemalouxor.fr.

Well dressed Parisians and expats spend entire afternoons in vintage boutique Chine Machine on rue des Martyrs, hanging out, listening to records and trying on the lovingly selected, one of a kind, designer pieces on offer. You'll find everything from iconic cat eye sunglasses to silk bomber jackets and classic Breton jumpers. For more information and opening hours go to www.chinemachinevintage.com.

Why not indulge in a spot of window-shopping at Chercheminippes, one of Paris's best-kept secrets. Its boutiques are full of classic and chic cut-price designer pieces, so you can take some of that quintessentially Parisian style home in your suitcase (102 109, 110, 111, 114 and 124 Rue du Cherche-midi, 75006, chercheminippes.fr).

Grab your broomstick and escape Paris with a trip to the Harry Potter exhibition at La Cité du Cinéma, Saint Denis. It ends on 6 September, so now is the time to check out hundreds of accessories and costumes from the movies (including Harry's glasses), throw a Quaffle on the Quidditch pitch and meet Buckbeak the Hippogriff in the Forbidden Forest. citeducinema.org

Slow down your pace with a lazy stroll through the pretty and picturesque Albert Kahn gardens. There are a whole host of mini-gardens to explore, including a contemporary Japanese garden and French garden, so you can really get lost away from the rush of the city. albert-kahn.hauts-de-seine.net

If you're redecorating, then get inspired at the Puces du Design. Furniture fans travel from all over Europe to visit this vintage fair, and the 32nd edition takes place on 28-31 May. Attracting both established designers and fresh talent, this is the ideal opportunity to pick up a one-off piece. pucesdudesign.com

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